November Issue of “CASA Connect” from the California Association of Sanitation Agencies

  • News
  • by BPC Staff
  • on November 2, 2012


In the News

Member Updates

CASA & Industry Events

Mid-Year Conference

CASA Executive Board Sets Strategic Course for the Future

CASA Lends Support to Proposed CDFA Rendering Regulations

CASA Participating in Effort to Identify POTW Cost Savings

We’re Moving!

Past President Layton “Judge” Landis


In the News

Central San Wins Two Architecture Awards

CASA Provides Detailed Comments on Proposed Revisions to the Monitoring and Reporting Program for the Sanitary Sewer Systems Statewide General Order

Appellants in Solano County Landfill Case Move to Reverse Judgment Due to Passage of New Legislation

Controller Releases September Cash Update 


Member Updates

CASA Past President Mike Dunbar Retired from South Coast Water District

Chuck Fuentes Named Interim General Manager for Central Basin Municipal Water District

Please join CASA in welcoming the newest Associate member, Hazen and Sawyer environmental engineers & scientists. Lynn Grijalva of Hazen and Sawyer participated in the August annual conference and the firm subsequently joined as a member.

Member Survey Coming Soon 

Job Board

CCCSD Wins 2 Awards

New Novato Water Recycling Plant Makes a Splash

Holiday Plumbing Tips


CASA & Industry Event

November 8:
Tri-TAC Meeting

November 9:
Fall Attorneys Committee Meeting

November 14:
American Water Summit 2012: Business Models for the Future

December 13:
Tri-TAC Meeting

January 16-18, 2013:
CASA Mid-Year Conference

February 25-27, 2013:
Washington, D.C Conference

For a complete list of all upcoming CASA  and industry events, visit the CASA calendar of events.


2013 Mid-Year Conference


Today’s Waste, Tomorrow’s Resource

January 16-18, 2013

Renaissance Esmeralda
Indian Wells, California

Registration is now open!

Preliminary Program


CASA Executive Board Sets Strategic Course for the Future

The CASA Executive Board, Executive Director and professional service providers met for the Association’s annual strategic planning session on September 11 and 12, 2012 to set CASA’s vision, direction and priorities.

The Board affirmed CASA’s vision:
CASA is the most trusted and valued influence on clean water and renewable resource laws, regulations, policies and the public’s understanding on issues important to CASA members and the public they serve. 


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CASA Lends Support to Proposed CDFA Rendering Regulations     

On October 30, 2012, CASA provided comments supporting the regulations proposed by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) collection centers, dead animal haulers and transporters of inedible kitchen grease. CASA’s comments focused on the exemption language for Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs) that recognizes wastewater treatment agencies are already sufficiently regulated by other agencies. CASA’s letter notes that wastewater agencies have historically accepted Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) and food waste into anaerobic digestion, and are expanding the practice to increase renewable energy production and to decrease reliance on landfills. CASA applauded the CDFA’s conclusion that requiring a license in addition to current State and regional water board regulation would be duplicative and counter to a growing trend of removing this waste stream from municipal solid waste.

CASA’s Letter 


CASA Participating in Effort to Identify POTW Cost Savings

CASA and Tri-TAC are participating in a stakeholder process convened by the State Water Resources Control Board to identify opportunities to reduce compliance costs resulting from unnecessary or duplicative regulatory requirements.  A kick off meeting on the Resource Realignment Phase 2 was held October 25, 2012. Four main stakeholder categories were identified:  NPDES wastewater, NPDES stormwater, irrigated agriculture and land discharges. The stakeholders are tasked with coming up with proposals to reduce compliance costs that will not adversely affect water quality and that are consistent with legal requirements. The next step will be for each category of stakeholders to meet and decide whether it makes sense to so subdivide the groups further into smaller more homogenous categories-for example, a POTW-specific subgroup may be established.  Each group is also expected to develop a framework of intent describing the purpose, goals, checkpoints, and guiding principles for each group. The State Water Board is seeking an update on the status of the stakeholder efforts in January 2013.


We’re Moving!

CASA has a new office suite with Smith Moore & Associates, which is relocating to Suite 940 in the same office building, effective November 5.  The new address is 1215 K Street, Suite 940, Sacramento, CA 95814.  Telephone and Fax numbers will remain the same.



Past President Layton “Judge” Landis Celebrated 40 Years as an Elected Official

CASA Past President Layton “Judge” Landis celebrated 40 years as an elected official on the Oro Loma Sanitary District Board of Directors. He was honored at the October 2, 2012 OLSD Board meeting, where General Manager Jason Warner presented Judge with several commendations and certificates of appreciation. CASA was among the extensive list of respected organizations honoring Judge Landis’ many years of service to the wastewater community.


Fall Attorneys Meeting Registration Now Open

Friday, November 9, 2012


Law Offices of Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart

555 Anton Blvd., 12 Floor

Costa Mesa, CA  92626

Cost:  $75

Time: 10:00a.m.-2:00p.m.


The Attorneys Committee will review chaptered legislation and discuss potential CASA-sponsored legislation, along with the usual case law updates and general committee items.  MCLE credit will be offered, including one hour of elimination of bias.

Register online!

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